You Amaze Me

This is just the quickest shout-out to say that you nearly took my breath away in your comments to the last post. I have never been so humbled and so thankful and blessed to be part of this community. If you haven’t had a chance to glance at the ministry going on between sisters in the faith, even just letting your eyes scan down the comments and seeing the interchange between the phrases,Β  “Little Sister here…” and “Big Sister here…” will put tears in your eyes. You amaze me. We are flawed people around here and all of us have some degree of brokenness but, Sisters, God formed something real in this community over the last years – something we couldn’t have conjured up with the best of plans, talent, and organization – and His Son has never been more obvious among you than in that last post. I cannot thank you enough. You mean so much to me.

I’m keeping it short because we have our big Siesta Summer Bible study post going up first thing in the morning but I want to ask you for one more thing. I am so pleased to hear from many of you that you’re agreeing to memorize Psalm 25. By all means, older sisters, join in, too, if you could really use those words in the marrow of your bones. Read it and see. Memory work is often done best in the framework of accountability. If you want to be held accountable to memorize it, would you please make a comment to this post and let us know you’re taking on Psalm 25 and what version you’re using? (The version is completely up to you! This is just to provide you a chance to sign on the dotted line, so to speak.) Some of you could also pair up and use the same version and agree on how you’re going to approach it and what Scriptures you’re taking on each week. My little sister in the faith that God used to spur on the whole previous post – remember, the one I ran into in the grocery store? – is going to memorize the same version as me so that we would be able to say it together. It just makes it extra fun and gets it done.

I love you guys so much. Now, let’s get out there and live in victory. Jesus, be obvious in Your daughters this day. This week. This lifetime. You are all to us.



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  1. 1
    Angie Call says:

    I have fallen off the band wagon with memorizing scripture, but thanks to my Pastors they have a saying, “EVERY MEMBER, EVERYDAY, IN GODS WORD!” And I have been keeping up with bible reading. I know memorization will bless me even more, and so I am committing to memorize Ps. 25 I think I might stick to the Amplified because it just speaks to me on a whole different level. So glad God uses you the way he does. I am always blessed by your teachings and on the blog.

    Much love and prayers,

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    Angie Call says:

    Sorry, not the Amp. But the NLT

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    Brittany says:

    I am memorizing psalm 25 using NLT translation. I would love to pair up with someone to memorize it together.

    Brittisgood AT gmail DOT com

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    Betty M says:

    Hey Beth,
    Big Sis is back! What is so fightening is that alot of people do not feel they need the Word or even to attend church. Out on the ND prairies which to most people could just as well be Siberia we see a real apathy to Bible study. Our whole state is waking up to the discovery of oil and it is not the Black Gold others think it is.
    Every vacant house is rented out for unbelievable amounts of money.
    Our minister had to serve three small churches and because of some health issues he retired from serving three and wants to just serve our small church. we own a house which has not been lived in for twelve years and we needed to fix it up as he needs a place to live now. We were thrilled we get Bible study after church and have a minister living right here among us which has not happened since the early 1960’s. Well, first Sunday of church, people went home very few stayed for Bible study. We have left alot of our ranching work to help ready the house for him to move in. There are other families in the congregation with young men who could have sure been helpful in pulling up carpet and just cleaning out junk. Who rolled up thier sleeves to help? A 60 yr old woman who is a cancer survivor! Several others over the age of 70 who again were not in great health. Where have the others been? Pursuing pleasure first. God has to move in the lives of people or all the begging,or anything else we try to do does little good. We have to continue to pray for those who see little need for God’s Word in thier lives. Apathy is such a dangerous thing. I pray daily that I will not grow luke warm to spending time with God each day in His Word and listening to His voice. When you do not even feel that you have a thirst for God in your life, then you are on a dangerous slippery slope.
    YES! I will work on Psalms 25. I did not get through the whole book of James yet but am still working on it.
    Memory work is more of a challenge after age 60 but I am working on it.
    For me the easiest is to memorize in the NKJ version.
    I am ready to be help accountable to someone on this memory work but dunno who has read to the end of this post!!!

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      Denise Ferrell says:

      hello out in North Dakota! I’m glad to see an older sister on… as I am 61 here in Oklahoma. I did the memory team and went to Houston. It was really fun and I did pretty well.. I think the memory work is good for the memory? I’ll be accountable to you Betty. The Beatle’s song will you still love me when I’m 64 has taken on new meaning… like am I really this old? I think I will do NLiving but not sure.. I want to read a few.

      • Betty M says:

        Hey! Denise! You are on!!!!I know the feeling I just turned 63, so will need to learn the rest of the Beatles song “will you still need me, will you still need me when I’m 64!!!! I know Jesus will still love me aches and droops and all!!! Dunno about any one else!!!!I would love to go to Houston for a Seistaville memory extravaganza! Maybe next time! Can not wait to see all this great bunch of Seistas even if we gotta wait for Heaven! I betcha any thing Jesus will even give us a big marker and poster paper to write “All Seista Sisters Meet Here!!!!Can not wait for that great day!! Are you by any chance doing the Nehamiah study this summer?? You can not believe how it is fitting into my life right now. Some day I will post how it is blessing me it is a long story but man never undeer estimate what God can do so get busy and start memorizing be back in afew!!! lOVE, Betty from the ND plains!!!!!

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      Sue says:


      I am 61 glad to see you here. e-mail me and we will see what we can do together, [email protected]


      • Betty M says:

        Hey! Sue! I think we’re on to somehting lets us Seistas at 60+ show those young wipper-snappers we got what it takes to get that chapter memorized!!!! Watch for my email!!! Love ya!!! Betty M

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    April says:

    HCSB, I pray this changes me forvever πŸ™‚

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    Melissa Ford says:

    Thank you for the last post and rallying us to help each other and work together as women. It really pounds the message into my head more about God’s desire to see us living in unity. I finally read “so long insecurity…” I had been puttin’ that one way off. Interestingly enough…once it got in my hands I couldn’t set it down. Thanks for being so honest and candid. I pray the Lord blesses you today and I pray that we all begin to be those women that are different and take a stand for the next generation of little xx’s that are coming along.

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    Rebecca says:

    Psalm 25 (NKJV) memorization challenge accepted! πŸ™‚

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    Anna says:

    I am committing to memorize Psalms 25 using the HCSB version of the bible. Thanks for the challenge. Looking forward to it πŸ™‚

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    Lily says:

    Little sis here…planning to memorize Psalm 25! Thanks to all the big sisters out there – the encouragement and wisdom I received from reading all of your comments was overwhelming and so beautiful. Love and blessings to all of you gorgeous girls.

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    Kristin says:

    I am accepting the challenge, memorizing psalm 25 in the ESV! This chapter spoke volumes to me as I read it a few days ago. Having neglected reading the scriptures for several months because of a personal failure and a traumatic experience, this task has given me a desire to jump back in!

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    fuzzytop says:

    Yes! I am going to memorize Psalm 25 from the NIV.


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    Colleen says:

    Colleen, Older Sister – 48!
    Memorizing Psalm 25 from the Holman.

    I need this accountability! Thanks!

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    colleen says:

    Big sister here. I have repeated my post here because I saw the blog today and am afraid that my little sisters will miss out on my encouragement. I was so privileged to share with them.
    Kylabeth, Jesus can and does save anyone no matter what they have done. If you are truly repentant and confess your sin to Him he will forgive you. Go to the word for confirmation. I also had an issue with this and I went through my bible and looked for scriptures on forgiveness. Then I wrote them on cards and carried them around with me repeating them over and over until I believed them. The freedom that I experienced was amazing.

    For the rest of you little sisters – what have I learned? Being a child of God doesn’t mean that all problems will go away or work out the way you would like them to. My husband is still unemployed after 2 years . But what I did learn is trust God to walk with you every step of the way. He will never leave you no matter how awful the circumstances may be. Stay in the Word and write out scriptures that apply to your circumstances and carry them with you reading them over and over.
    God will not fail you, He cannot.

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    courtney beth burnside says:

    Sisters, couldn’t agree more, you go girls of the lpm fellowship, this site is such a God Send to my life! Praise God from whom all Blessings Flow, Praise Him all creatures here below…Love & Prayers&Hugs,Forevermore!

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    Amy-GA says:

    I am taking on Psalm 25 NIV-

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    Cassandra says:

    I would love some accountability so that I can stick with memorizing this Psalm.
    I’m using the NIV. This week (should be done by Friday) I’m working on “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.”

    Praying for all the sisters seeking God’s face through memorizing Psalm 25 πŸ™‚

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    Marilyn Yarbrough says:

    Marilyn Thanks
    Gadsden Al Ps 25 NET

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    Marije says:

    I’m busy memorizing Psalm 25! In the NBV (Dutch) version.

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    Stephenie says:

    I commented as a Little Sister in the last post. Can I tell you how much bringing my current struggles into the light diminished the intensity of them. They’re still around, of course, but I no longer feel powerless. Satan has been wanting me to believe his lies, and I refuse. Thank you for posting, Beth. I’m going to memorize Psalm 25 in the NIV.

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    Billie Galyen says:

    Big Sister gonna ask God to help me memorize Psalm 25! Just finished memorizing James–have to recite it often to keep it in my brain. God has worked on me hard via the memorizing of His Word!!! He is so good to provide His Word! It breathes life and new thinking into my brain! I joked with my husband that I feel like writing a book “Everything I ever needed to know I learned in James”. He’s a little flustered because any new issue I’ll counter with a verse from James to help us solve or approach it!:) When I was ticked off in traffic, I said out loud the other day “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” When I wanted more new clothes that I didn’t need , I thought, “your gold and silver have corroded and they will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.” Okay, I did buy some shorts, but, oh well. Love you Beth.

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    Jan says:

    I’m in!! Living Bible

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    Missy S says:

    So glad you suggested this, Beth. I’m in and using the NET translation b/c I did verse 15 out of that translation for one of my verses from SSMT last year, so that way I’ll have one down and only 21 to go! πŸ˜‰

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    Karen E says:

    I’m a Big Sister and I’m going to work to memorize Psalm 25 in the NLT version. I need those words of my Lord in my heart. Thank you for the suggestion to check them out.

    God is so good!

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      Brittany says:

      little sister here, also wanting to memorize it using NLT and would love to have someone to memorize it with.

      brittisgood AT gmail DOT com

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    Laura says:

    I will memorize Psalm 25 NIV

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    Gretchen says:

    Gretchen, Thousand Oaks, CA Memorizing Psalm 25 in the ESV

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    Natalie Dawes says:

    Hi Beth and team,

    I’m memorizing Psalm 25 using the NIV version.

    Thank you all for the incredible responses on the last post. So inpiring and faith-building. I love you, Siestas! And am praying for us all.

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    Crissy says:

    I am in! NIV
    Thanks so much for your godly leadership and mentoring us!

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    Sarah says:

    I am committing to memorizing Psalm 25 (big gulp). I have not even looked at the number of verses!! What kind of a time frame are we going to accomplish this in? (Note: I on purpose changed what I wrote from trying to going to accomplish this!!) (I sure like parenthesis. What would women do without them for typing?)NASB version.

    • 28.1
      Linda says:

      Sarah, so happy to meet a kindred parentheses fan! I use them a lot as well. I looked up the definition one time, and “departure from topic” and “pause or break” came up. I doubt men use them very often, but they so enrich the way we women talk. Our conversations are all the more fun with them!

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    Elizabeth Baehr says:

    I am using the message!!!

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    Michele says:

    I was just sitting here asking God what we should memorize next. Well, I guess we’ll do Ps 25 with y’all. πŸ™‚

    On that note, it has been on my heart to write a book on Scripture memory, especially since God recently showed me some amazing things. If y’all would pray about that, if it is His will, and for wisdom and guidance, I would very much appreciate it.

    • 30.1
      Kathy B says:

      Praying, girl! What a fabulous idea. Just promise not to write it in Greek, Okay? πŸ™‚

      • Michele says:

        Hahahaha Oh my gosh yes, I promise it will be in English. I have been really slacking in my Greek studies.

        Thank you Kathy! πŸ™‚

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    Sister Lynn says:

    Dearest Beth,

    THANK YOU… for encouraging us to minister to each other
    THANK YOU… for providing a space for us to do it.
    THANK YOU… for showing us that unity in the Body of Christ is possible!
    THANK YOU… for your example of pouring yourself out for others.
    THANK YOU… for loving Jesus above all else.

    We love you so. So very blessed to know you.
    – S. Lynn and all the sisters

    PS we had our first Siesta visit the convent yesterday. Such a sweet visit with Paige Szajnuk and family!

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    Sarah M. says:

    I will be memorizing!! (Holman)

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    Elizabet says:

    I’ll be memorizing the NIV!

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    Kim Everest says:

    NIV…It’s a long one, but I’m excited to do it! God has been so faithful to me in this last season of trials…I’m ready to dig into His word and hide it in my heart! Love this siesta community!

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    Rebecca says:

    I’ll be memorizing using the ESV

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    Shyre McCune says:

    I am memorizing Psalm 25 in the ESV. Thank You for your post on Sisters.

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    Stephanie Zammiello says:

    I am going to memorize Psalm 25 using the NIV.

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    Joyce Watson says:

    NKJ verison
    To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
    O My God, I trust in You;
    Let me not be ashamed;
    Let not my enemies triumph over me.

    Memorize a little at a time.

  39. 39

    I’m in… Memorizing it in the ESV. And just to affirm what you have said about it is possible to memorize those chapters. I remember being one of those gals who listened to you talk about memorizing the first chapter of John in Bible study videos and saying to myself, “I could never do that.”

    Well, in 2008 I wanted to pray Psalm 46 over my friends and fellow bereaved parents for the support group I attended. I started out by praying for each person by name and running through the chapter in my NKJV of the Bible. Until I realized – it would be easier to memorize and then pray. So in 8 short hours I committed those 11 verses famously known as Be Still and Know I am God to my memory. And I prayed them for a month over my sweet and precious friends in the throes of grief.

    Love you friends,

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    Christy says:

    After comparing several, I’m going to try a new-to-me translation! Count me in with the NET version.


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    Debbie says:

    I’m in — Psalm 25 NIV!

    Thank you, dear Beth.

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    Jennifer Shuler says:

    I am memorizing psalm 25 and I’m so thankful for it!!! I need it desperately! HCSB.

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    Rita2012 says:

    I’m in. Holding fast to what God promises me and remembering what God asks of me. NASB

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    Julie Ratcliff says:

    I am memorizing psalm 25 in the niv.

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    Erin says:

    Challenge Accepted! In the midst of memorizing James and all!! Psalm 25 will be hidden in my heart as well in the NIV variety πŸ˜‰ In HIS love, eeb

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    Tammie says:

    “Jesus, be obvious in Your daughters this day. This week. This lifetime. You are all to us.” AMEN, AMEN, AND AMEN!

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    Di says:

    Dear Beth,

    I accept the challenge of memorizing Psalm 25 in the NIV. I have memorized all 5 chapters of James this year so I will just add another. πŸ™‚ I love to put the word of God in my heart. I wish I had done this years ago but now, as a Big Sister, this has been the Key to my spiritual growth and survival! Thank you for your post over the week-end-this Big Sister has been through more than I would want to say, but God has been faithful through it all!!!

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    I’m memorizing it in NIV.

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    Penny says:

    My girls and I will tackle Psalm 25.
    We’ll use the NIV.
    Anyone else in Iowa working on this?

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    Nicolie says:

    Little sister here who is feeling inspired and full of grace and loved by God after these last few posts. Thank you Ms. Beth!! I will be memorizing Psalm 25 from NLT.

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